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Arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. The aim of this procedure to make the upper arms look more toned and firmer. Natural aging process and genetics may play an important role in the skin elasticity. A person may also be left with extra skin after losing a lot of weight. Regardless of the cause of the sagging skin, arm is one of the regions that people need to face this reality. Arm lift helps to improve the sagging appearance of the arm and gain a youthful and firmer look to the owner of that arms.

Who Is This For?

  • Healthy Individuals with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Individuals who are not significantly overweight

Treatment Duration

2-3 hours

Potential Risks & Side Effects

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Common surgical risks
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Seroma
  • Fat necrosis
  • Changes in skin sensation 

Recovery Time

Arm lift recovery usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. It may take a few weeks for the tissues in your arms to completely heal.

Success Rate: 95%

Alternative Treatments

  • Laser skin tightening
  • Vaser Liposuction
  • CoolSculpting
Before / After
Arm Lift at Dr. Ozge Ergun Plastic Surgery Clinic

How Does it Work?

When one loses a lot of weight, chances are a fold of their skin will sag below the upper arm. A skin can also lose its elasticity as a result of aging. For several years, the arm lift surgery has been regarded as an effective remedy that addresses a sagging skin below the upper arm. During this surgery, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat to reshape your arms.

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What does an arm lift surgery involve?

The arm lift is usually performed when the patient is under general anaesthesia. If you have decided to undergo this surgery, it’s best that you carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions after having the surgery.

Although it depends on the complexity of the surgery, it normally takes up to 3 hours to complete an arm lift surgery. Once you have decided to have the surgery, you have to rest assured that each and every arm lift procedure is customized so as to match the patient’s needs, preferences, and the clinic’s practices.

Below are some of the steps you should expect to go through:

1.     Final consultation with your surgeon

When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your arm lift specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies and if you’re currently taking any medication. Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterwards you will discuss the procedure in detail. If you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration of what to expect by drawing marks on your arm.

2.     Taking anesthesia

When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given anaesthesia. Surgeons usually prefer general anaesthesia, but local anaesthesia is also an option.  

3.     Operation

When the anesthesia has gone into effect, your surgeon will either make the incisions on your elbows, arms or armpits –this depends on one patient to the next. If your surgeon notices that you have a stubborn adipose tissue in your upper arm, your surgeon may also use liposuction to eliminate excess fat. Your surgeon will also cover the remaining skin on the new arm contour. When the excess skin is cut off, the incisions will be stitched together in a way that leaves your arm softer and firm. When closing the incisions, your surgeon does this carefully so as to minimize the risk of scarring. In most cases, your surgeon is going to place sutures under the so that your body can absorb them.

What Should I Expect After the Arm Lift Surgery?

  • After arm lift surgery, your incisions will be covered in bandages. Your arms will be wrapped in elastic bandages to minimize swelling. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess blood or fluid.
  • You'll see your surgeon within a day or two after your arm lift procedure. He or she may remove your bandages and drainage tube at this visit. Your surgeon may recommend you wear a compression sleeve for a few weeks to keep swelling decreased.
  • You should monitor yourself carefully and be sure there is no unexpected or undesired changes occur after your arm lift surgery.  You should contact your doctor immediately if you have shortness of breath, chest pains, an irregular heartbeat, redness of the skin and a fever.
  • First of all, you need someone who will accompany you after the surgery. He/she is also need to stay with you for at least the first night after the surgery and help you with the post-op care.
  • You can’t take shower for the first 2 days after the surgery.
  • You should avoid raising your arms above your head for 2 to 4 weeks.
  • You should avoid any activity that can damage or tear the incisions for 4 to 8 weeks.
  • You should use the medications which will be given to you by your surgeon.
  • You should keep your incisions clean to avoid the risk of infection.
  • Taking small walks will help you get rid of the life-blocking effect of the surgery more quickly.


Things You Should Do Before Surgery

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirins and any other meds associated with blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Patients advised to avoid smoking 24 hours before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So you should not take in anything alcoholic 24 hours prior surgery.
  • If you are taking meds for chronic or acute diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, you should inform your surgeon before the surgery commences.  


Is Arm Lift Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Does Arm Lift Leave a Scar?

The incision scars caused by an arm lift procedure are usually permanent but are usually in areas that are not easily visible and are not recognized.

What Is A Mini Arm Lift?

Mini arm lift is performed to eliminate a minor amount of excess fat and skin under the upper arms as a result of aging or fluctuations of weight.

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    Monique R., France
    star star Sep 2021
    I was feeling a bit odd about having surgery out of my hometown. But I saw that they gave me the comfort of my home. Helping, a friendly, comforting clinic with amazing doctors. I'm so happy and thankful for this whole experience.
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    Ana Karina Villa, Germany
    star star Aug 2021
    I was assigned Abud and he helped me with every possible question/concern i had. From the very beginning, before I paid anything, he helped me select the clinic and surgeon I was most comfortable with. I got held up in the lines at the airport without Wifi and left me phone calls and messages to make sure that I was ok. I also couldn’t get cash from the airport ATMs and forgot to bring adaptors, and he literally drove to my hospital to bring me a universal adaptor that he purchased with his own money, and refused to accept payment! I also wanted a different hotel and he made new reservation at the hotel of my choice, with many apologies for the original hotel. He also kept his phone on after my surgery and calmed me down when I called him crying at 3am. Ask for Abud! He puts a graceful, kind, patient face on FlyMedi
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    Ellis McLintock, Turkey
    star star Aug 2020
    From start to finish my experience with Flymedi was exceptional. The coordinator, Abud worked hard at finding the right surgeon for me. He was constantly in contact while I was away to ensure everything went smoothly. I honestly could not be happier with the company. Dr Ozge has done an exceptional job too. Thank you Abud for making me feel confident again!
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    Nazije, Denmark
    star star Jun 2019
    I love this clinic since the preparation of the surgery and post-care the surgery was so professional. The surgeon explained everything well. I would definitely recommend this clinic
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    Maribeth, Switzerland
    star star Jan 2019
    I highly recommended Mustafa was good assistance all the way through. From airport, hotel, and hospital. The surgeon who conduct the operation did a great job. I was hesitant at first and was scared what would be the result but waking up after the surgery I was surprised by his professionalism. As well as Mustafa was being present every time I needed him out anytime I could contacted him. He never fails. Thanks to Y'ALL guys.
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